As most of you know, I’ve been involved with the Royal City Farmers Market since 2009 and I’ve developed an interest in urban agriculture. We have two hens now producing all the eggs we need to feed our family of three, and after a totally engaging talk at the RCFM AGM from John Gibeau last week, I’m pretty convinced we need a home bee hive to start producing our own honey. I’ve started consuming some really great books to help me get the most out of my city lot here in New Westminster because while food feeds my belly, books feed my brain.
The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities, by Peter Ladner, a former Vancouver City Councillor, is a book on my to-read list. I’ve been told by a few friends that it is a great book, and I’m looking forward to getting into it.
Our reliance on industrial agriculture has resulted in a food supply riddled with hidden environmental, economic and health care costs and beset by rising food prices. With only a handful of corporations responsible for the lion’s share of the food on our supermarket shelves, we are incredibly vulnerable to supply chain disruption.
The Urban Food Revolution provides a recipe for community food security based on leading innovations across North America. The author draws on his political and business experience to show that we have all the necessary ingredients to ensure that local, fresh sustainable food is affordable and widely available. He describes how cities are bringing food production home by:
- Growing community through neighbourhood gardening, cooking and composting programs
- Rebuilding local food processing, storage and distribution systems
- Investing in farmers markets and community supported agriculture
- Reducing obesity through local fresh food initiatives in schools, colleges and universities.
- Ending inner-city food deserts
Producing food locally makes people healthier, alleviates poverty, creates jobs, and makes cities safer and more beautiful.The Urban Food Revolution is an essential resource for anyone who has lost confidence in the global industrial food system and wants practical advice on how to join the local food revolution.
Sounds great, right? River Market is presenting Peter Ladner during the RCFM February winter market this coming Saturday. You can pick up a copy of his book and have it signed, and listen to Peter Ladner speak. The book signing is from 1-2pm and the talk starts at 3pm. Both take place inside Wild Rice. I know I’ll be timing my lunch break to take advantage of this opportunity!